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Likelihood to Recommend

Oracle ATG

I would say that Oracle ATG Web Commerce is most likely better suited for companies that have a wide selection of products online as well as a customer base that is robust enough to justify this software. We were managing several stores and so we needed this software to create an atmosphere of quick and efficient searching from customers as well as some sort of guidance for products that they would like based on their searches
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X-Cart

X-cart uses Smarty Templates in a PHP environment which means there are many developers who could probably pick it up relatively quickly to provide new features. The smarty template engine is very robust and well documented, and the cost of x-cart is very low which makes it easy for anyone to get started with their e-commerce business.It is a really great e-commerce software and suitable for every business. I actually cannot find any serious objection to what it does. They regularly update it, add new features, fix flaws, offer support. The software itself offers many integrations for shipping and payments, everything you need for sales. Although it covers many things, there will always be something missing, because many things happen in between customer visit and final delivery. Therefore, if you plan to expand your business, also plan to expand your X-Cart - but do not worry, it won't be hard.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Online Storefront

Oracle ATG
8.1
X-Cart
7.7
Product catalog & listings
Oracle ATG
8.0
X-Cart
8.0
Product management
Oracle ATG
8.3
X-Cart
9.0
Bulk product upload
Oracle ATG
6.9
X-Cart
4.0
Branding
Oracle ATG
8.6
X-Cart
10.0
Mobile storefront
Oracle ATG
6.9
X-Cart
6.0
Product variations
Oracle ATG
8.0
X-Cart
9.0
Website integration
Oracle ATG
8.4
X-Cart
8.0
Visual customization
Oracle ATG
9.4
X-Cart
10.0
CMS
Oracle ATG
8.0
X-Cart
5.0

Online Shopping Cart

Oracle ATG
7.7
X-Cart
9.5
Abandoned cart recovery
Oracle ATG
7.8
X-Cart
9.0
Checkout user experience
Oracle ATG
7.6
X-Cart
10.0

Online Payment System

Oracle ATG
7.8
X-Cart
10.0
eCommerce security
Oracle ATG
7.8
X-Cart
10.0

eCommerce Marketing

Oracle ATG
7.2
X-Cart
8.7
Promotions & discounts
Oracle ATG
7.8
X-Cart
10.0
Personalized recommendations
Oracle ATG
7.2
X-Cart
10.0
SEO
Oracle ATG
6.6
X-Cart
6.0

eCommerce Business Management

Oracle ATG
7.8
X-Cart
9.2
Multi-site management
Oracle ATG
8.8
X-Cart
10.0
Order processing
Oracle ATG
8.2
X-Cart
7.0
Inventory management
Oracle ATG
6.3
X-Cart
9.0
Shipping
Oracle ATG
7.1
X-Cart
10.0
Custom functionality
Oracle ATG
8.6
X-Cart
10.0

Pros

Oracle ATG

  • The product allows you to customize/personalize the eCommerce experience for each user.
  • It lets you load different catalogs and/or prices for different customers.
  • It allows sales staff to log in to their own accounts and "impersonate" a customer account to gain access to their order history, place an order on their behalf, etc.
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X-Cart

  • For everyone. From small to huge business you get everything out of box. Just setup company details, payment and shipping methods and you are ready to go.
  • Upgradable. There are many plugins one can integrate with X-Cart. Over time, many of them became part of the software, and you are one click away to enable them.
  • Well organized code. It uses Smarty template engine, which I find great, specially for debugging (famous Webmaster mode).
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Cons

Oracle ATG

  • The schema design within ATG is poor. It does not follow accepted standards. For example, column naming is inconsistent and generalized, with multiple (unrelated) tables using column names like "ID" as primary/foreign keys. This is a barrier to an intuitive understanding of the schema. Out of the box, the schema is missing many important foreign key relationships. In fact, the publishing schema explicitly prohibits FK relationships, causing data inconsistencies when ATG's black-box algorithms fail. We've built an impressive arsenal of custom scripts specifically for handling the many exceptions and orphan conditions that arise from this design practice.
  • The job scheduler is poorly designed. It uses a database table to manage message queueing. The processes flows as follows: Messages are inserted into a table. Then, a scheduled process selects messages, applies them, updates the message row on success/failure, then goes back and looks for messages that are "complete" in order to delete them. It performs this in a serialized loop that is inefficient and heavy on database resources. There are far better ways for processing message queues than trying to leverage a database.
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X-Cart

  • Creating new plugins the way X-Cart wants is maybe not complicated, but hard to implement because there are no hooks. One has to manually change each file. This is similar to patching the core and therefore one has to know basics of web development.
  • Even if you get everything styled correctly with base skin, there is a bunch of unused styles you have to cope with. Start skin should be much cleaner. You may find thousands excess lines of code.
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Alternatives Considered

Oracle ATG

Hibernate and JSF are both good, but for setting up and running an eCommerce system, you will need to start to build the site from scratch. ATG will allow a company to accomplish this task faster and it has a good and powerful framework to support the site.
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X-Cart

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Return on Investment

Oracle ATG

  • We were able to drive sales for one of our clients up by 50% over the course of a 6 month window by revamping their online web store with Oracle ATG.
  • Sharing data and communication improved greatly between legal/finance and marketing.
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X-Cart

  • Flexibility in presentation as well as functionality
  • Full open source software allows for unlimited possibilities with the store function, though some developers who create modules do encode their modules which have errors in their code which therefore can't be fixed
  • A fully functional professional level application at a fraction of the cost of similar applications such as magento.
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Pricing Details

Oracle ATG

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

X-Cart

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?

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